Trayvon Martin – Update

What a difference a week makes. Last week, it seemed that I was the only one shouting in the wilderness about Trayvon Martin. Then some of the mainstream media began to report on this bizarre shooting. Color of Change got involved and collected signatures. Yesterday, or over the weekend, also got involved.

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From HuffPo:

The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI have opened an investigation into the “facts and circumstances” surrounding the killing of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed teenager shot and killed last month by a neighborhood watch captain in an Orlando suburb.

The department will “conduct a thorough and independent review of all evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation,” according to a statement late Monday.

The announcement comes as the drumbeat around the case continues to grow, becoming national news and shining a brighter media spotlight on the city of Sanford, where the killing occurred, and its police department, which handled the initial investigation that so far has failed to bring charges.


3 Responses

  1. Lord have mercy!  To hear that baby crying out for help on the 911 tapes and then hear the shot that killed him, what a horrifying thing for the family and the nation!

  2. I am a white man…one of my first memories is one of racism pointed towards me, my mother and her friend in the late 60’s…my mother is full blooded Greek and dark skinned and her friend was black…they both worked as seamstresses in Louisville, KY.  The three of us were out shopping and walking downtown…I was 3 years old and wanted french fries, so my mom takes me into a diner with her friend…we sat and waited…my mom spoke very choppy English, and when she asked why our order hadn’t been taken, she was told that they don’t serve “foreigners” or “niggers” and we were kicked out…but what I remembered the most was the wall of autographed pictures of boxers (of all colors) but most notably Muhammad Ali (who was still Cassius Clay then)…who had signed one of the pictures hanging on his wall… but these are incidents that most white folks have never experienced from the victims viewpoint (only the aggressor)…all of the feelings of pain, hate (both outer and inner), confusion…to imagine the feeling that my mother had (although she wouldn’t let me know it) in being treated like a sub-human by someone, who in reality, IS sub-human…

    I feel more comfortable (and safer) in a “black” neighborhood than I do in most “white” neighborhoods…most of my friends are black…I am NOT colorblind (as is the common rallying cry from white liberals to indicate their allegiance to peoples of color)…if one is to admit that racism still exists, and exists in a more deadly way, then one must admit AND embrace our differences (something that cannot be done by claiming “I’m colorblind”)…justice is supposed to be blind (to people of color and people who live in poverty–and in far too many instances those two issues are inexorably entwined–) but as we know justice is tied to $$$…. and when I go see my friends, white folks (and police) assume that I must be searching for drugs…a residual of racism…”all black people are criminals”…”all white people who deal with black people must be buying drugs”….”because all black people sell drugs”….when Racism is institutionalized, and the black community is kept poor (and the family unit is purposefully divided by government edict), then your society gets what it asks for… a self-fulfilling prophecy….a sly form of racism…those that claim shock and horror over a young man’s death, but are the same people that pull their children closer (or their purse strings closer) when a black man walks by…I would love to have an answer for it…

    George Zimmerman committed a violent crime upon an underaged, unarmed young man…should George Zimmerman be charged for his crimes?? Yes…even the 911 dispatcher told him to stop after learning that he was following Trayvon…I have nothing but empathy for Trayvon’s parents…but until white folks actually get to live in a society where they are treated like second class citizens, and suffer the same indignations that are continually heaped upon the black community, there will always be racism

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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